Should You Focus on Your Weaknesses or Your Strengths?

All of us have strengths and weaknesses, right? A lot of times we are so focused on our weaknesses that we cannot see beyond them and this is the root of many issues, for example, imposter syndrome. When we don't see ourselves as the real deal, we might see ourselves as a fraud. That comes from focusing on our weaknesses too much.

This leads to the question, "Should you work on your weaknesses, or should you work on your strengths?"

 If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

 But before I start, let me show you a picture. 
 

I think we can all agree that we are looking at a picture of a frog. But is it really so? And what does it have to do with our strengths and weaknesses? Well, keep reading to find out. 

All of us have strengths and weaknesses, right? A lot of times we are so focused on our weaknesses that we cannot see beyond them and this is the root of many issues, for example, imposter...

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Should You Memorize Your Presentation?

One of the biggest fears in public speaking is this, "What if I forget my presentation?" Should you memorize the entire thing? Should you memorize parts of it? Or should you go and wing it? Keep reading to find out.

 

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

The way I see it, there are only four ways you can go about your presentation.

1. Write out your entire speech and read it word for word.

Is this a good way to give a presentation? No, absolutely not, because when you’re reading from a paper, even though you aren’t going to make a mistake or forget anything, you also won’t make a connection with your audience. Reading your speech will never allow you to truly make an impact on your audience because you have to engage with your audience in order to have the greatest impact on them, and the only way you can engage with your audience is if you’re talking to your audience. If you aren’t looking...

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The Importance of Smile in Public Speaking

Smile. We've all done it million times. We do it every single day, right? But do you know how powerful a smile is in public speaking?

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes. 

What's a smile anyway? We smile when we're happy, right? But there has been a lot of research done showing that a smile actually works both ways. Yes, when you feel happy, when you feel content, or when you see or hear something funny you smile!

But also, even if you're not happy or if you're just in a regular mood but you make yourself smile, that sends a signal to your brain that you are happy. All of a sudden, all the physical signs start acting like you are happy. So, whether you're happy or not just the simple act of smiling puts you in a better mood. And what happens when you're in a better mood? You feel more relaxed. You feel more confident. You feel more calm.

So where would you use a smile in public speaking? Number one, you want to smile...

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3 Biggest Reasons Behind My Local Business’s Success

As some of you might know, I've owned a science for kids franchise in Houston for the last five years. Now, what you may not know is that, for the last four years, my franchise has been ranked number one in the country among all US franchises.

I am often asked, what the secret is behind our success. Today, I would like to share with you the three main reasons I was able to grow the company from nothing to the number one spot.

None of these reasons are earth-shattering, but they truly are the reasons why I am successful, in spite of the cutthroat competition that we have in our area.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

1. Put systems in place.

This is very basic, but a lot of small businesses postpone putting systems in place until later down the road, whereas I started working on that from day one. Now, my business, Nutty Scientists of Houston, is all about science. Specifically, science for kids, it's all about...

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The Worst Way to Start a Speech When You Are Nervous

Do you know what the absolute worst way to start a presentation when you're nervous is? In fact, probably more than half of inexperienced public speakers begin their speech this way. Watch the video below to find out more.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

Here is what I often see when somebody really inexperienced comes onstage. They will look at the audience and say, "Oh please forgive me, I am so stressed.” "I'm so nervous. I really don't feel comfortable about this whole public speaking thing. I hope you understand and probably can relate.” "Oh, I'm just going to do my best, but please forgive me."

Really? First of all, let me tell you something. Your audience would never know if you are nervous unless you tell them. Everybody is to some extent nervous before they have to go onstage. Everybody has a little bit of butterflies in their stomach, regardless of how many times they've done it. Every single...

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What You Can Learn About Public Speaking from America’s Got Talent Auditions

Two weeks ago, I did something really exciting. I went to the America's Got Talent auditions. I wasn't auditioning myself. I have no talent whatsoever. My 12-year-old son was auditioning as a singer and you cannot even imagine how much you can learn about public speaking from America's Got Talent auditions. Stay tuned!

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

This was the first round of auditions, where you audition with literally thousands of other people, all doing different acts, in a huge convention center in one of America's largest cities.

We went to San Antonio, which is a drivable distance from Huston, and after literally seven hours of waiting, we were sent to a room where there were only about 10 or 15 people auditioning together in front of a producer.

Now, generally, you're not allowed in that room unless you're auditioning yourself, but because my son is a minor, I was allowed to go there with him. And oh boy,...

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